In a ground-breaking fight, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey retained her Women’s Bantamweight Championship when she forced “The Girl-Rilla” Liz Carmouche to submit to her now infamous armbar in the first-ever women’s match in UFC history.
Oh, and did we mention that they fought in the main event?
Rousey proved that she deserves the championship that UFC owner Dana White presented her with in early December 2012, while Carmouche proved that she’s certainly not to be taken lightly. Liz almost took Ronda out with a standing neck crank in the early minutes of the bout, but the champion defended herself well and managed to ground her opponent.
Once Ronda locked on her signature submission hold, it was all over for Carmouche. The fight ended at 4:49, with a mere 11 seconds left in the first round, marking Rousey’s seventh straight victory in the first round of a fight… via armbar.
Rousey also apparently had a most interesting spectator at cageside during the bout – it’s rumoured that Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Santos was in the audience with manager Tito Ortiz. A bout between the two would probably be the biggest women’s fight in all of MMA history, but it’s alleged that Santos refuses to shed the weight that would allow her to square off with Ronda (Santos weighs roughly 150-160lbs, while the bantamweight division is fought at 135lbs).
Did you watch the fight? What did you think?